Are you a military spouse looking for meaningful work?

Are you a military spouse who wants to work from the comfort of your own home?

Are you a military spouse with great organizational and creative skills?

Are you a military spouse who can juggle many balls while building trusted relationships?

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If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’ll want to listen to this week’s episode of Life After the Military podcast with military spouse and entrepreneurial business owner of Michelle Penczak Executive Assistants, Saavy Spouses, and Squared Away: Michelle Penczak.

Michelle, the military spouse of a Marine Aviator, shares:

  • perspective about the challenges of being a military spouse seeking work
  • how she created and manages three successful businesses and provides meaningful work for other military spouses
  • how she uses therapy to manage and strengthen her mental fitness

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Show notes

0:00 Lee opens the podcast

0:26 Lee introduces Michelle

1:41 Michelle talks about the challenge of being a military spouse

3:39 Michelle talks about not having any exposure to the military until she married

7:14 Michelle describes her role as a personal assistant and her frustrations with finding a job

13:45   Michelle talks about the three business entities she stood up

17:10   Michelle shares how she leveraged her experience at Zirtual to stand up her own businesses

20:53   Michelle describes how she scaled Squared Away to over 200 military spouse virtual personal assistants

25:00   Michelle talks about being a part of the “Spouse Force” and “Framily”

29:10   Michelle talks about juggling her myriad of responsibilities

32:16   Michelle describes how she leveraged a remote workforce and clientele

34:30   Michelle talks about how she builds trust between the personal assistant and the client 38:26 Michelle describes her personal assistant assessment and hiring process

39:49   Michelle talks about her growth plan for Squared Away

41:49   Michelle gives advice on starting your own business

44:42   Lee gives Michelle her book title

46:10   Michelle shares how she uses therapy to manage and strengthen her mental fitness

52:17   Lee closes out the episode